Oak

Straight grained with a coarse texture and prominent rays. Light reddish tan heartwood and narrow, almost white sapwood. Hard, strong, stiff, and strong with moderate stability in use and little natural decay resistance. Machines quite well but has tendency to splinter and chip – avoid cutting against the grain. Turns and steam-bends fairly well. Somewhat difficult to work by hand. Nails and screws satisfactorily although pre-drilling recommended. Glues satisfactorily. Finishes well with most stains and finishes but relatively large pores may require a filler.

Source: National Hardwood Lumber Association